Congressman King’s assertions are simply outrageous and unacceptable.
Congressman Steve King made controversial remarks about dog fighting in 2012 — but King stopped just short of saying that dog fighting should be legal.
The situation unfolded in 2012 after Steve King opposed an amendment to the Farm Bill establishing misdemeanor penalties for anyone who attends an organized animal fight, and felony penalties for anyone who brings a minor to an animal fight. When asked about his opposition to the amendment during the tele-town hall meeting, King reasoned that the amendment it would be “wrong” to make it a crime to watch animals fight when it’s not a crime to watch humans fight.
“When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that,” King said.
The comment caused a public backlash, and Congressman Steve King released a second video in an effort to “clarify his statements on dogfighting,” which also went viral at the time
King opened the second video by saying there “has been real effort to distort this” before continuing:
“What I’ve said is that we need to respect humans more than we do animals. Whenever we start elevating animals up to above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line. For example, if there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl, say, a 13-year-old girl — and that happens more times in America than you and I would like to think — that sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school, and haul her across the state line and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing set, and that’s not against the law in the United States.”
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